September 2, 2017

6th Year Geography Trip
Last week the Sixth Year geography students headed for their annual field study to the Counties of Galway and Clare. First on the agenda was a study of coastal erosion at Silverstrand followed by a visit to the ancient burial site of Poulnabrone. They stayed overnight in Kilfenora and on Friday morning went to the Burren Centre. They met Tony Kirby in Ballyryan for a guided walk across the Burren. Tony, an expert on the Burren, has been featured on Nationwide. Finally the girls boarded a ferry in Doolin to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher from the best vantage point of all, the sea and capped off their geographical experience with a look around the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. Thanks to teachers Ms. Callinan and Ms. Tuohy for arranging the trip and accompanying the students.


Athletics Anna Ryan
Anna Ryan, Junior Cert, is certainly an athlete to watch in the future. She had a tremendous 2017 season setting new records in East Munster and Munster in her chosen discipline of pole vaulting. This placed Anna in a very strong position for the All Ireland Schools Track and Field, held in Tullamore in June and she certainly did not disappoint. She won the gold in style setting a new National record of 2.92 metres in the Junior girls pole vault. She also scooped the silver in the Junior girls discus.


Romy McCarthy wins European Bronze
Well done to fifth year student Romy McCarthy who won a bronze medal for Ireland in July. Romy was part of the Irish U16 eventing team who travelled to Kaposvar in Hungary to compete in the European Championships. She was one of only six young riders chosen to be part of a team that competed in showjumping, cross country and dressage. She did very well on her pony ‘Aoife’s Star’ and was happy to be placed mid table.


Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
Congratulations to the Ursuline students who did exceptionally well at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis recently. Fiadh Fitzpatrick won first place in the uileann pipes, slow airs competition and Sarah Bourke came second in the céile drums category.


Jersey Day
Well done to the sixth year students who organised a jersey day in school on Friday, September 1st in aid of the Ursuline missions in Kenya. There was an array of colours on display showing the myriad of teams supported by the Ursuline girls. There were a few students and teachers sporting Galway and Waterford jerseys, no doubt with their fingers crossed that their side would do the business on Sunday.


First Years Welcomed
On Thursday the Ursuline welcomed its newest members when first years arrived for their first day of secondary school. They met their class tutors and Year head in the morning and in the afternoon they participated in fun team sports such as egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and sack races. This was organised by the PE teachers and fifth year sports prefects. It gave the first years a chance to meet and chat with lots of students who will be in their year and they finished the day in the best way, with an ice cream.

Written By Nora Tuohy